hereWe are delighted to invite you to Place and Placelessness, organised by the Landscape, Space and Place research group at the University of Nottingham, with a keynote from Dr David Cooper (Manchester Metropolitan University).
Marc Augé (1996) proposes that in its late-capitalist moment, our contemporary society is made up of ‘non-places’ which are defined as ‘formed in relation to certain ends (transport, transit, commerce, leisure)’ – these include airport departure lounges, motorways and shopping centres. Augé’s note on the sprawl of ‘non-places’ shows the dissolving of local, regional and national markers in favour of globalised capitalist economics – the publication of the second edition of Non-Places in 2008 shows that these concerns continue to be relevant and can be addressed anew. As definitions of physical places have become more tightly defined and fought over, digital space has expanded. The centrality of digital stimuli has altered spatial markers and our position within local, regional and national networks is changing due to the boundary-less flow of global capital and of global data. GPS means that our spaces are known, trackable and easily navigated, while instant online communication has created a digital ‘third-space’ which is abstract and materially intangible.
As such, this conference seeks to explore this complex net of imagined, material, and digital landscapes, examining how the concept of ‘place’ now relates to the increasingly ‘placeless’ society in which we live.
The event is free and will include refreshments, lunch, and a wine reception.
We are very much looking forward to seeing you there!